Every day whether it is on the TV, the radio or in a magazine you hear and read about just how important it is to eat vegetables for your health. Of course, this is completely true because vegetables are absolutely essential in order to maintain a healthy state within your body. However, you don’t hear so much about how eating mountains of certain vegetables will in fact have you shredded to the bone! Read on as this article explains how eating certain vegetables along with a high protein diet have the potential to have you looking peeled!
The vegetables being referred to are indeed fibrous vegetables, and mainly greens. Fibrous vegetables such as broccoli, peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, cabbage and even salad are able to support fat loss like you would never believe when consumed in the right amounts along with a high protein diet. So how exactly does this work?
In short, fibrous carbohydrates are very low in calories and energy therefore you are able to eat astronomical amounts without suffering from any fat gains, in fact, it is more likely you will experience a degree of weight loss. As you are eating so much your body feels full and therefore doesn’t feel the need to hold on to stored energy sources such as body fat. Furthermore, the fact your body is digesting these fibrous carbohydrates causes a large expenditure in calories which also promotes fat loss.
It gets more interesting because your body can’t get much energy out of all the fibrous vegetables you are eating or the protein; therefore it needs to start tucking into your body fat levels as its primary source of energy. Obviously this can lead to fat loss. However, in order to prevent your body from eating your muscle tissue you should always keep some slow burning complex carbohydrates in there as well such as brown rice, sweet potato or brown pasta.
From a health point of view ingesting high levels of green fibrous carbohydrates can be great due to the rich antioxidant content of these vegetables. Free radical neutralising antioxidants are essential for remaining healthy, and if you can keep your immune function high then it stands to reason your body can utilise more energy on training, fat burning and repairing damaged muscle tissue. As an athlete who eats a lot of food it is particularly important you keep your immune function high! Get your greens in to support weight loss as well as your health!